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Bedtime Story (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  25 December 1941 (USA)
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Playwright tries to stop his wife from retiring so he can star her in his next play.

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Luke Drake
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Jane Drake
Robert Benchley ...
Eddie Turner
Allyn Joslyn ...
William Dudley
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Virginia Cole
Helen Westley ...
Emma Harper
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Tim Ryan ...
Mac
Olaf Hytten ...
Alfred
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Betsy
Clarence Kolb ...
Collins
Andrew Tombes ...
Pierce
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Storyline

A Braodway playwright wants to keep on writing plays for his wife to star in, but all she wants is to retire to Connecticut and, following a few 'worlds-apart" discussion of the issue, they get a divorce. The actress marries a banker in a fit of pique only to quickly discover the divorce was not valid. She communicates this information to her not-yet ex-husband and he, to prevent consummation of the invalid marriage rescues her by sending plumbers, waiters, porters, chambermaids, bellhops, desk clerks, exterminators and, finally, a crowd of roistering conventioneers to the suite to ensure no bedtime story would take place there. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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25 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Accadde una sera  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene Eve Arden's character is playing badly on stage during rehearsal (which Loretta Young's character then plays, in order to show Eve's character the right way to play it) is actually a scene from the 1936 movie "Theodora Goes Wild", a romantic comedy movie starring Irene Dunne. See more »

Quotes

[last lines, at the end of the play's premiere]
Luke Drake: It's a smash hit, Eddie -- it'll run five years!
Jane Drake: Ladies and gentlemen! This will have the shortest run of any of Mr. Drake's plays...
[gasps from audience]
Luke Drake: No, no, no. Five years!
Jane Drake: It will be closed in the early spring by an act of God. And I'm sure Mr. Drake hopes it will be... a boy.
[Luke faints]
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A life in the theater
29 March 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Bedtime Story" is an enjoyable comedy with a plot that seems to have been borrowed from other, most successful films. This 1941 Columbia release is fun to watch because it is seldom seen and the brilliant cast that was put together for it. Frederic March and Loretta Young are wonderful as the sparring Drakes, a theatrical couple, at the center of the story. The Broadway scene of the times is captured in the film.

Alexander Hall directed this stylish comedy with sure hand. Mr. Hall got excellent performances all around, especially of the two principals. Frederic March was at the height of his movie career and he shows why he was one of the best actors working in films at the time. Loretta Young also has some wonderful moments in the film as the suffering wife of Luke Drake, the playwright of the moment.

As with other comedies of that period, the supporting cast in "Bedtime Story" shows some accomplished actors of the caliber of Eve Arden, Allyn Joslyn, Helen Westley, and Joyce Compton, among others.

The film will delight classic movie fans.


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